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Last week I started this knit-alike crochet-along.  We started out with backpost and frontpost stitches.

This week we’re going to do some Tunisian crochet stitches.

Crochet-along : not-knitted scarf (part 2)

The CAL consists out of 4 parts.

part 1 : back- & frontpost stitches
part 2 : tunisian crochet
part 3 : back loop only crochet
part 4 : knooking

This won’t give you a full length scarf, but you can easily repeat the 4 parts or maybe ad some other great crochet fabric to it. 

materials needed
You can use stash yarn.

Part 1 : 
1 ball (50gr, 120m) of Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Big melange
5 mm crochet hook

Part 2 :
1 ball (50gr, 120m) Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Big Pink/Purple
1 ball (50gr, 120m) Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Yellow
6 mm crochet hook

instructions PART 2

I’m using US terminology. 

You might notice that I used a larger hook for this part.  That’s because Tunisian crochet has the tendency to curl.  If you pump up your hook, there’s much less curling.  

At some part I’m using a separate ball of yarn for every color section.  You don’t have to buy a whole ball for every section.  You can also unwind some yarn before you start and make your own balls from the one you already have.

*front of the work

*back of the work

color changes

Color changes are a bit special.  You’ll always have to be a step ahead for color changes in Tunisian crochet.

So the first color change from row 11, actually already takes place in row 10 in de returning pass. 

But if you’re changing color to a tunisian knit stitch (tks), than you’ll have to change it already in the forward pass.  Also in the previous row.

Have a look at my video tutorial for a more detailed explanation.

Chart

*this are only the symbols for the crown, which is in tunisian reverse stitch (trs)
  1. Chain 50 and start your Tunisian crochet foundation chain in Tunisian Simple Stitch (tss)
  2. Make 9 rows in tks.  The 10th row is also in tks, but be aware that you already need to change color in your returning pass! 
  3. From the 11th row we’re going to start with the crown.  Please refer to the video for the color changes. From now on every row starts with 9 tks, 32 trs, 9 tks.
  4. Follow the chart and the instructions in the video.
  5. End with 9 rows in plain tks.
You should have 40 rows.

Video instructions

You can find the video instructions for this pattern on top of this page.

tips & tricks

Remember this tip from last week ?  So this means that, if you join the two pieces (part 1 and part 2) you have to make sure to join stitches in every section. 


Tip to check your rounds : 

If you check te back of your work, you will notice these sections or ridges.  Between every section there’s 4 stitches.  You should have 10 of these sections.
*back of the work

That’s it for this week!  See you next week for part 3 : back loop only crochet.

crafty greetings,
Wendy

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